A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division fires a shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon during a small-arms live-fire exercise in Cap Draa, Morocco, during exercise African Lion 2012 on April 11, 2012. African Lion is an annually scheduled joint/combined U.S.-Moroccan exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and designed to promote interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation’s military tactics, techniques and procedures.
DoD photo by Cpl. Tyler Main, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)
Lance Cpl. Luis Holguin, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, waits for a tractor to move so he can use his bolt cutters to dismantle a HESCO barrier at Firebase Saenz, Helmand province, on Dec. 13, 2011. Firebase Saenz is the first of several patrol bases being demilitarized by the Marines of 9th Engineer Support Battalion throughout the month of December. DoD photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)
A MK 19 Mod 3 40mm grenade machine gun, such as the one pictured, is used by Base Defense Augmentation Force Marines who stand guard at the perimeter of Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Each unit aboard Camp Leatherneck augments Marines to support BDAF.
Base Defense Augmentation Marines carry ammunition to up-armored vehicles from which they fired the M240B medium machine gun, the M2 .50-caliber machine gun and the MK 19 Mod 3, 40 mm grenade machine gun during weapons familiarization training aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Each unit aboard Camp Leatherneck augments Marines to support BDAF. Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) serve in aviation support and administration roles and volunteered to deploy to fill BDAF’s vital role.
HQMC [Headquarters, Marine Corps], QUANTICO, Va. - Combat Corpsmen - In the final phase of the evacuation, Corpsmen transport simulated casualties to a waiting field ambulance which will carry them to a nearby aid station. This was part of a demonstration in which simulated casualties were evacuated “under fire” at the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia. Hospital Corps Training - Field Medical Service School and with the Marines. (BUMED Archives)
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Richard Erfurth treats a casualty at Forward Operating Base Jackson, Sangin, Afghanistan, on Sept. 8, 2011. Erfurth was assigned to Jump Platoon, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8. The Marines and Afghan uniformed policemen had been struck by a suicide bomber using a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while on a patrol.
[U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Logan W. Pierce]
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bradley Erickson, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, cleans Lance Cpl. Timothy Mixon’s wounds after an improvised explosive device attack during a patrol May 1 in Marjah, Afghanistan.
2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe honor 22 fellow Marines and a Navy corpsman who died while fighting in Iraq